“Mrs. Bishop” and the Theology of “but of course!”

It was a little over a year ago that a lady around these parts had declared herself to be Long Island's First Female Catholic Priest and managed to be kind of off-putting about it.Her vanity hits the nadir when she refuses to disclose her age. She wants to pastor the people, and gather them in, or something…but she will not give enough of herself, be open enough with herself, to even tell them her age.Ain’t she priestly, though? Really pastoral! Just like Francis!Today we read of ano … [Read more...]

Patheos Welcomes Dr. Pia de Solenni to the Mix!

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One of the great pleasures and challenges of assembling the Catholic channel at Patheos has been presenting a broad-but-balanced-view of Catholicism -- one that is not-too-conservative, nor too-progressive in scope, but finds the more common middle area between those extremes, wherein most Catholics reside.For most Catholics, in fact, arriving at Catholic Orthodoxy is a process. Our faith is difficult, sometimes; that's what makes it great.Catholicism demands not "blind obedience" but … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Marginalized Ones: You and Everyone You Dismiss, Too

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Back on Wednesday, Pope Francis gave a particularly passionate and energetic sermon that got a lot of notice:Turning to the Letter to the Romans, the Pope then affirmed that this feast is a “feast of unity.” He underlined the fact that all are invited, “the good and the bad.” And the first to be invited are the marginalized:The Church is not the Church only for good people. Do we want to describe who belongs to the Church, to this feast? The sinners. All of us sinners are invited. At this … [Read more...]

Happy Easter! Let Us Stop Throwing Each Other Away

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Happy Easter. Christ is risen, and all things are made new!It's a time to break the chains of old habits, old thoughts; time to unwind and finally toss old tapes; he is risen: "I am doing something new..."On Wednesday, traipsing through my archives, I came upon this post from last year -- the image of a full-term baby tossed into the trash, and my thoughts about it.Upon re-reading it, I thought about how easily we throw people away, everyday, in less dramatic fashion. We throw … [Read more...]

Benghazi Emails: Media Silence and “Theology is Stupid”

A few days ago I wrote of Benghazi story:Please tell me that when our drones saw our consulate under sustained attack for seven hours, when we watched while our people were being murdered, that their rescue wasn’t inhibited because some Scheisskopf was too distracted by a contest to make a gutsy call. Please tell me that when Stevens and his team were looking for help, they were not being pushed aside by some Scheisskopf saying, “I can’t pay attention right now; don’t you know there is a pa … [Read more...]


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